Golf’s French Open is an event on the European Tour that is played each year. Officially known as the Open de France, the tournament is the oldest national open in Europe outside of the UK’s British Open Championship, having been inaugurated in 1906. Find out more in our detailed guide below!
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Tournament Structure for the Open de France
Although it wasn’t always the case, the Open de France has taken place at Le Golf National near Paris since 1991, with the exception of two years, forming part of the European Tour and the Race To Dubai. This means that the winner will receive points towards the Race To Dubai leaderboard.
At the end of the season, the top 60 players on the final leaderboard will take part in a tournament on the Jumeirah Golf Estate in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship, which is not only the final event of the Tour, but also the richest. The players are also playing for a prize pool of around €3 million.
As is the norm for most golf tournaments of its kind, the first day’s play will take place on a Thursday with a further round of 18 holes being played on each of the subsequent four days until a winner is found on Sunday. Because this is a stroke play event, the whoever accumulates the highest below-par score in the field will be crowned the champion. After two days' of play, a cut is used to slice the field in half and determine which players will carry on competing over the weekend’s final two rounds of play.
If more than one player has a tied score, playoffs are employed through which a winner is determined.
History of the Open de France
The Open de France has been part of the European Tour since the tour was launched in 1972. It also is the oldest national golf open in Europe outside of the UK and was inaugurated in 1906. The Open Championship, one of modern golf’s four majors, is the oldest in Europe, having been founded in 1860.
Golf had already been popularised in France by the British, who were living there from around halfway through the 19th century as evidenced by the founding of the le Pau Golf Club in 1856. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Golf de Paris directors, inspired by the Open Championship in the UK, decided to create a French equivalent. On the 30th of June and the 1st of July 1906, Pierre Deschamps, the Golf de Paris president, organised the Omnium Grand Championship on the grounds of La Boulie.
Today run by the Fédération Française de Golf (French Golf Federation), the Open de France is held at Le Golf National. Prior to 1991, the tournament had no fixed venue, and had been hosted by the French cities of Le Touquet, Dieppe, Deauville, Biarritz, Lyon, and Chantilly, among other venues. Since moving to Le Golf National, it has been held there every year except 1999 and 2001, when it was moved to Medoc and Lyon respectively.
From 2004 onwards, qualification routes, similar to those employed by the Open Championship and the US Masters, were introduced. In 2021, the tournament had its first ever host in Grégory Havret, who became the first in the illustrious history of the event.
|2014||Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland|
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Open de France Key Stats
- In 1971, the tournament’s record score was set when Lu Liang-Huan shot 262.
- In 2002, Marten Olander shot 8 birdies in a row, the most birdies in succession in a round.
- The most strokes ever played on one hole in this event was 20, hit by Philippe Porquier in 1978.
- In 2019, the prize money was €1.6 million, but this has increased to €3,000,000 for the 2022 event.
Similar Tournaments to Open de France
- 29th September - 2nd October 2022, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: A Scottish based pro-am tournament that is played part individual and part team.
- 13th - 16th October 2022, Andalucía Masters: Played at the Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande in the south of Spain, this tournament is one of the most popular on the DP World Tour.
- 17th - 20th November 2022, DP World Tour Championship: The final leg of the tour’s Race to Dubai, which takes place annually at the Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course in Dubai itself.
Open de France Betting FAQs
Sky Sport is the place for watching golf in the UK, and that includes the French Open.
The Open de France is held each year in September.
The Open de France takes place at Le Golf National.
The course par for this tourney is 71.
The 2022 Open de France prize money is €3 million.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
One of the highlights of the European Tour, not to mention one of the oldest, the French Open golf tournament is held at Le Golf National every year, assembling the best golfers in Europe and many more from the US, the Americas, and Asia.
It also distributes points towards the Race To Dubai where, at the end of the season, the highest-ranked 110 players are rewarded for their performance by qualifying for the following season.
Le Golf National always plays a crucial role in determining who these players will be. As such, and in its own right, few stops along the way are as prestigious as the Open de France, where the golf action is only ever fierce.